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Alabama Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Alabama. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Alabama. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Alabama.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 30 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Alabama

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Alabama

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Alabama

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Alabama to get an Ordination Package. Although minister registration is not required in Alabama you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination can also provide a great deal of peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Alabama

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Alabama marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 30 days, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Alabama and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Alabama, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Alabama wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.

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Alabama Marriage Code

Marriage in Alabama is governed by Chapter 1 of Title 30 of Alabama's Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.

(a) Generally. Marriages may be solemnized by any licensed minister of the gospel in regular communion with the Christian church or society of which the minister is a member; by an active or retired judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Court of Civil Appeals, any circuit court, or any district court within this state; by a judge of any federal court; or by an active or retired judge of probate.

(b) Pastor of religious society; clerk of society to maintain register of marriages; register, etc., deemed presumptive evidence of fact. Marriage may also be solemnized by the pastor of any religious society according to the rules ordained or custom established by such society. The clerk or keeper of the minutes of each society shall keep a register and enter therein a particular account of all marriages solemnized by the society, which register, or a sworn copy thereof, is presumptive evidence of the fact.

(c) Quakers, Mennonites, or other religious societies. The people called Mennonites, Quakers, or any other Christian society having similar rules or regulations, may solemnize marriage according to their forms by consent of the parties, published and declared before the congregation assembled for public worship.

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Autaugua County Probate

135 North Court Street
Prattville, Alabama

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Baldwin County Court

P.O. Box 459
Bay Minette, Alabama

Phone: (251) 937-9561
Fax: (251) 937-0252
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Barbour County Court

113 Court Street
Clayton, Alabama

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Bibb County Court

35 Court Square West
Centreville, Alabama

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Blount County Clerk

220 2nd Avenue East
Oneonta, Alabama

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Bullock County Court

217 South Prairie Street
Union Springs, Alabama

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Butler County Court

700 2nd Street
Greenville, Alabama

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Calhoun County Court

1702 Noble Street
Anniston, Alabama

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Chambers County Court

2 Lafayette Street North
Lafayette, Alabama

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Cherokee County Court

100 Cedar Bluff Road
Centre, Alabama

Phone: (256) 927-3363
Fax: (256) 927-3669
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Chilton County Probate

500 2nd Avenue North
Clanton, Alabama

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Choctaw County Court

117 South Mulberry Avenue
Butler, Alabama

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Clarke Probate Court

114 Court Street
Grove Hill, Alabama

Phone: (251) 275-3251
Fax: (251) 275-8427
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Clay County Court

25 2nd Street Southwest
Ashland, Alabama

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Cleburne County Court

120 Vickery Street
Heflin, Alabama

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Coffee County Probate

99 South Edwards Street
Enterprise, Alabama

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Coffee-A County Probate

230 Court Avenue
Elba, Alabama

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Colbert County Clerk

201 North Main Street
Tuscumbria, Alabama

Phone: (256) 386-8542
Fax: (256) 386-8547
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Conecuh Probate Office

111 Court Street
Evergreen, Alabama

Phone: (334) 548-2365
Fax: (251) 578-7034
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Coosa County Probate

100 Main Street
Rockford, Alabama

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Covington County Probate

1 Court Square
P O Box 789
Andalusia, Alabama

Phone: (334) 222-3189
Fax: (334) 428-2535
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Crenshaw County Probate

29 S Glenweed Ave
Luverne, Alabama

Phone: (334) 335-6568
Fax: (334) 334-3616
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Cullman County Court

500 2nd Avenue Southwest
P.O. Box 970
Cullman, Alabama

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Dale County Probate

1 Ozark Avnue
Ozark, Alabama

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Dallas Probate Office

105 Lauderdale Street
Selma, Alabama

Phone: (334) 874-2516
Fax: (334) 874-2553
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De Kalb County Court

300 Grand Avenue
Fort Payne, Alabama

Phone: (256) 845-8510
Fax: (256) 845-8514
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Elmore County Court

100 East Commerce Street
Wetumpka, Alabama

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Escambia County Court

315 Belleville Avenue
PO Box 557
Brewton, Alabama

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Etowah County Court

800 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, Alabama

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Fayette County Court

113 Temple Avenue North
Fayette, Alabama

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Franklin County Court

410 North Jackson Avenue
PO Box 70
Russellville, Alabama

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Geneva County Probate

200 North Commerce Street
Geneva, Alabama

Phone: (334) 684-2276
Fax: (334) 684-5723
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Greene County Probate

400 Morrow Avenue
Eutaw, Alabama

Phone: (205) 372-3340
Fax: (205) 372-3323
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Hale County Probate

1001 Main Street
Greensboro, Alabama

Phone: (334) 624-7391
Fax: (334) 624-8725
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Henry County Probate

101 Court Square
Abbeville, Alabama

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Houston County Probate

462 North Oates Street
Dothan, Alabama

Phone: (334) 677-4719
Fax: (334) 677-4724
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Jackson County Probate

102 East Laurel Street
PO Box 128
Scottsboro, Alabama

Phone: (256) 574-9290
Fax: (256) 574-9318
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Jefferson Birmingham Probate

716 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham, Alabama

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Jefferson-Bessemer Probate

1801 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, Alabama

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Lamar County Court

44690 Highway 17
P.O. Box 338
Vernon, Alabama

Phone: (205) 695-9119
Fax: (205) 695-8522
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Lauderdale County Court

200 South Court
Florence, Alabama

Phone: (256) 760-5800
Fax: (256) 760-5807
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Lawrence County Court

14330 Court Street
Moulton, Alabama

Phone: (256) 974-2439
Fax: (256) 974-3188
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Lee County Court

215 South 8th Street
Opelika, Alabama

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Limestone County Court

200 West Washington Street
Athens, Alabama

Phone: (256) 233-6427
Fax: (256) 233-6474
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Lowndes County Court

1 South Washington Street
Hayneville, Alabama

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Macon County Court

101 East Northside Street
Tuskegee, Alabama

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Madison County Court

100 Northside Square
Huntsville, Alabama

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Marengo County Court

101 East Coats
Linden, Alabama

Phone: (334) 295-2210
Fax: (334) 295-2081
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Marion County Court

Military Street
Hamilton, Alabama

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Marshall County Court

425 Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, Alabama

Phone: (256) 571-7764
Fax: (256) 571-7732
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Mobile County Court

304 Government Street
PO Box 7
Mobile, Alabama

Phone: (251) 574-5552
Fax: (251) 574-4939
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Monroe County Court

Courthouse Square
Monroeville, Alabama

Phone: (334) 743-4107
Fax: (251) 575-4756
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Montgomery County Court

101 South Lawrence Street
2nd Floor
Montgomery, Alabama

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Morgan County Court

302 Lee Street
PO Box 848
Decatur, Alabama

Phone: (256) 351-4675
Fax: (256) 351-4884
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Perry County Court

300 Washington Street
P.O. Box 478
Marion, Alabama

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Pickens County Court

Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 370
Carrollton, Alabama

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Pike County Court

1 Church Street
P.O. Box 1008
Troy, Alabama

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Randolph County Court

1 Main Street
P.O. Box 249
Wedowee, Alabama

Phone: (256) 357-4933
Fax: (256) 357-9053
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Russell County Court

501 14th Street
Phenix City, Alabama

Phone: (334) 298-0509
Fax: (334) 298-7979
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Shelby County Court

112 North Main Street
P.O. Box 825
Columbiana, Alabama

Phone: (205) 669-3710
Fax: (205) 669-3714
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St. Clair County Court

165 5th Ave
PO Box 220
Ashville, Alabama

Phone: (205) 338-9449
Fax: (205) 594-2125
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Sumter County Court

115 Marshall St
P.O. Box 1040
Livingston, Alabama

Phone: (205) 652-7281
Fax: (205) 652-6206
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Talladega County Probate

1 Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 755
Talladega, Alabama

Phone: (256) 362-4175
Fax: (256) 761-2128
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Tallapoosa County Court

101 North Broadnax
Dadeville, Alabama

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Tuscaloosa County Court

714 Greensboro Avenue
P.O. Box 67
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Walker County Court

1803 3rd Avenue SW
Jasper, Alabama

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Washington County Court

1 Court Street
Chatom, Alabama

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Wilcox County Court

100 Broad Street
P.O. Box 668
Camden, Alabama

Phone: (334) 682-4883
Fax: (334) 682-9484
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Winston County Court

11 Blake Drive
Double Springs, Alabama

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